Letters to the Editor

Theft: Identity taken during carnival

Sunday, April 25, I was enjoying what I thought would be a lovely day out with my children and a friend as we went to the carnival. It was nice until about 5:30 p.m. when after a long day of rides we decided to round the children up and head home. Within a 10-minute-or-less time frame, my purse was stolen.

I only left it for a few minutes. In that span of time a woman sitting on the bench noticed my purse and thought it might belong to a family that was near the bench and had just left. The woman took my purse and ran after who she thought it belonged to. Rather than the person she thought it belonged to saying it was not hers, she stated it was!

After realizing the horrible mistake several people at the carnival tried to assist me in finding the person who took my purse but to no avail. After notifying the police and cancelling credit cards and checking accounts we learned the following day they had already fraudulently used one of my checks at a check cashing location in town, only minutes after stealing my purse.

To the people who tried to help me find my purse I am extremely thankful. I am also thankful to the police department who continue to assist me.

To the people who stole my identity: In the amount of time the woman spent in asking you if the purse belonged to you, you had the option of making the right choice or the wrong one, and you picked the wrong one. I want you to know if you are reading this that you not only stole my identity but my childrenÂ’s as well. You took photos, keepsakes from my children and papers that while I am sure were not important to you were very important to me.

You are now using my name to rob businesses in a community I have lived in all my life and am proud to be a member of. I am saddened when I am reminded of how dishonest some people can be. I hope what has happened to me never happens to you. I cannot describe to you how it feels.

If anyone has any information about this, please contact the OHPD.

Lorraina Girton

Oak Harbor

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